The Berger Institute is currently supporting the following CMC faculty in their research:
Audrey Bilger, Ph.D. – Dr. Bilger is Professor of Literature focusing on 18th-Century Humor & Satire, Early Women Writers, LGBT studies, and feminism. Her latest work examines the intertwined stories of female authorship and culture in England and America and considers the scope of Jane Austen’s influence. Her work uncovers issues that concern the role of women as professional authors, tensions and synergies between authorship and family obligations, and the subject matter of marriage and the family. This summer, Professor Bilger worked with Kyra McAndrews ’15 on her upcoming book, The Jane Austen Guide to Feminism.
Kristin Fabbe, Ph.D. – Dr. Fabbe is an Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, where she teaches courses on International Relations, Comparative Politics of the Middle East, Religion and Politics, Leadership, and Women in the Middle East. She is currently at work on her forthcoming book, Disciples of the State: Varieties of Secularism in the Former Ottoman World. Her research interests including state building, religion and politics, gender studies, and business.
Her research has been funded and recognized by numerous organizations, including ACLS/Mellon, the Institute of Turkish Studies, the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Harvard Center for European Studies, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and Institute for Regional and International Studies in Iraq . Her recent article on Turkish elections appeared in Nationalities Papers (2011) and she has a forthcoming article on religious pluralism in Greece in Turkey in Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (2013).
Professor Fabbe is currently working with Christian Neumeister ’15 on her upcoming book, Disciples of the State? Varieties of Secularism in the Former Ottoman World.
Tomoe Kanaya, Ph.D. – In addition to her duties as Director of the Berger Institute, Dr. Kanaya is Associate Professor of Psychology, specializing in children’s linguistic and memory development, particularly where multicultural families are concerned. This past year, together with her research assistants Kelsey Gohn ’16, Adrienne Johnson ’16, and recent graduate McKenzie Javorka ’14, Professor Kanaya has been conducting research on cross-cultural differences in family-child discourse patterns; examining issues of work and family for same-sex couples; and determining the needs of homeless families and children.
Frederick R. Lynch, Ph.D. – Dr. Lynch is Associate Professor of Government and specializes in workforce diversity management, organization of health care, inequality and public policy, political and social movements, juvenile delinquency and public policy. Together with his research assistant Hannah Oh ’16, he has been working on an upcoming book, The Crisis of Political Correctness: A Cultural Revolution Meets Resistance, Ridicule, and New Realities, and was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Carthage Foundation last fall.
Albert Park, Ph.D. – Dr. Park is Associate Professor of History, specializing in Korean History, Modern Japanese History, and East Asian History & Political Economy, Design and Architecture. He is currently working with Julie Kim ’17 on a study that investigates the influence of new forms of architecture, design and food movements on the construction of gender norms as a way to understand the evolution of democracy in Korea. This will eventually lead to his next book, Designing Utopia: Culturally Reconstructing Democracy in Contemporary South Korea through Architecture, Design and Food.